The Stephenville Honeybees, ranked ninth in the state, got a team-high 17 points from Alee McClendon and thumped Godley by a 52-36 margin Friday night in Gandy Gym to stay unbeaten in District 7-4A play.

Coach Alan Thorpe’s Honeybees maintained their lead in the early district race with a 3-0 record. They were scheduled to play Brownwood Tuesday night (6 p.m.) to close out the first half of district play.

Godley is 11-18 overall, and 1-1 in district including a win over Brownwood. Brownwood upset highly ranked, defending district champion Glen Rose (32-30), which is 1-2 after its 63-21 win over Mineral Wells Friday.

“It was a really good win,” Thorpe said. “Godley is a really good team. Their record is not indicative of what kind of team they are. They are really hard to guard.”

McClendon scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half. Jayci Morton, aggressively driving to the basket numerous times in the game, added 12 points for SHS and Hannah Bernays had 12 including two 3-point baskets.

“They’re a really good team and they have a really good coach, and they don’t go away easily,” Morton said. “I’m super proud of the team tonight.”

The first half was tight, with the Honeybees having a 14-13 edge in the opening quarter and just a 23-21 lead at intermission.

But SHS clamped down in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 15-4. The Honeybees kept their distance in the final quarter with a 14-11 scoring advantage.

“We gave up way too many boards in the first half,” Thorpe said. “We did a good job of fixing that in the second half.”

The Honeybees, No. 9 in the most recent Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 4A state poll, have an open date on their schedule this Friday. They are set to return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Mineral Wells for their first game of the district’s second half.